Willie Nelson Announces Annual Fourth of July Picnic
Willie Nelson's annual Fourth of July Picnic will return to Circuit of the Americas' Austin360 Amphitheater for the second year in a row in 2016, and the country icon already has a star-studded list of guests lined up for the party.
In 2015, Nelson's yearly picnic came back to Austin, Texas, for the first time in five years. This year, for the event's 43rd year, more than 20 acts are booked to play on two stages, including Brantley Gilbert, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson with Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Shakey Graves, Leon Russell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe and Margo Price. Nelson & Family, Jamestown Revival, Cody Johnson, Johnny Bush, Paula Nelson, the Raelyn Nelson Band, Folk Uke, Dallas Wayne and Amber Digby are also slated to perform. There will be areas to picnic and shop, and a fireworks display will commemorate the show (after all, it's the Fourth of July!).
Russell, Shaver and Coe are all Fourth of July Picnic veterans: They each performed during the first year of the event, when it was held in Dripping Springs, Texas.
“I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together," Nelson said last year. "I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be."
Tickets for the 2016 Fourth of July Picnic go on sale on May 20 at 11AM ET. Prices start at $85 for reserved seats, $65 for the general admission pit section in front of the stage and $39.50 for H-E-B general admission lawn. There are also VIP packages available. Fans can find more information at Ticketmaster.com.
Nelson will perform in Austin again in the fall, for the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival.
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